H.B. 254 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Jennifer M. Seelig

Senate Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

             6      Cosponsors:
             7      Tim M. Cosgrove
             8      Rebecca Chavez-Houck
             9      Joel K. Briscoe
             10      Don L. Ipson
             11      Patrice M. Arent
             12      Susan Duckworth
             13      Richard A. GreenwoodKeith Grover
Lynn N. Hemingway
Eric K. Hutchings
Dana L. Layton
Carol Spackman Moss
Curtis Oda
Marie H. Poulson
Paul RayEdward H. Redd
Angela Romero
Robert M. Spendlove
Keven J. Stratton
Mark A. Wheatley
Larry B. Wiley              14     
             15      LONG TITLE
             16      General Description:
             17          This bill amends and enacts provisions related to human trafficking and prostitution.
             18      Highlighted Provisions:
             19          This bill:
             20          .    provides that a child is not subject to a delinquency proceeding for engaging in
             21      prostitution unless a law enforcement officer has referred the child to the Division
             22      of Child and Family Services on at least one prior occasion for an alleged act of
             23      prostitution or sexual solicitation; and
             24          .    makes technical changes.
             25      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             26          None
             27      Other Special Clauses:
             28          None

             29      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             30      AMENDS:
             31           62A-4a-105 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 416
             32           76-10-1302 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 1993, Chapter 179
             33      ENACTS:
             34           77-38-15 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             37          Section 1. Section 62A-4a-105 is amended to read:
             38           62A-4a-105. Division responsibilities.
             39          (1) The division shall:
             40          (a) administer services to minors and families, including:
             41          (i) child welfare services;
             42          (ii) domestic violence services; and
             43          (iii) all other responsibilities that the Legislature or the executive director may assign
             44      to the division;
             45          (b) provide the following services:
             46          (i) financial and other assistance to an individual adopting a child with special needs
             47      under Part 9, Adoption Assistance, not to exceed the amount the division would provide for the
             48      child as a legal ward of the state;
             49          (ii) non-custodial and in-home preventative services, including:
             50          (A) services designed to prevent family break-up; and
             51          (B) family preservation services;
             52          (iii) reunification services to families whose children are in substitute care in
             53      accordance with the requirements of this chapter and Title 78A, Chapter 6, Juvenile Court Act
             54      of 1996;
             55          (iv) protective supervision of a family, upon court order, in an effort to eliminate abuse
             56      or neglect of a child in that family;

             57          (v) shelter care in accordance with the requirements of this chapter and Title 78A,
             58      Chapter 6, Juvenile Court Act of 1996;
             59          (vi) domestic violence services, in accordance with the requirements of federal law;
             60          (vii) protective services to victims of domestic violence, as defined in Section 77-36-1 ,
             61      and their children, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and Title 78A, Chapter 6,
             62      Part 3, Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Proceedings;
             63          (viii) substitute care for dependent, abused, neglected, and delinquent children;
             64          (ix) programs and services for minors who have been placed in the custody of the
             65      division for reasons other than abuse or neglect, under Section 62A-4a-250 ; [and]
             66          (x) services for minors who are victims of human trafficking or human smuggling as
             67      described in Sections 76-5-308 through 76-5-310 or who have engaged in prostitution or sexual
             68      solicitation as defined in Section 76-10-1302 ; and
             69          [(x)] (xi) training for staff and providers involved in the administration and delivery of
             70      services offered by the division in accordance with this chapter;
             71          (c) establish standards for all:
             72          (i) contract providers of out-of-home care for minors and families;
             73          (ii) facilities that provide substitute care for dependent, abused, neglected, and
             74      delinquent children placed in the custody of the division; and
             75          (iii) direct or contract providers of domestic violence services described in Subsection
             76      (1)(b)(vi);
             77          (d) have authority to:
             78          (i) contract with a private, nonprofit organization to recruit and train foster care
             79      families and child welfare volunteers in accordance with Section 62A-4a-107.5 ; and
             80          (ii) approve facilities that meet the standards established under Subsection (1)(c) to
             81      provide substitute care for dependent, abused, neglected, and delinquent children placed in the
             82      custody of the division;
             83          (e) cooperate with the federal government in the administration of child welfare and
             84      domestic violence programs and other human service activities assigned by the department;

             85          (f) in accordance with Subsection (2)(a), promote and enforce state and federal laws
             86      enacted for the protection of abused, neglected, dependent, delinquent, ungovernable, and
             87      runaway children, and status offenders, in accordance with the requirements of this chapter,
             88      unless administration is expressly vested in another division or department of the state;
             89          (g) cooperate with the Employment Development Division in the Department of
             90      Workforce Services in meeting the social and economic needs of an individual who is eligible
             91      for public assistance;
             92          (h) compile relevant information, statistics, and reports on child and family service
             93      matters in the state;
             94          (i) prepare and submit to the department, the governor, and the Legislature reports of
             95      the operation and administration of the division in accordance with the requirements of
             96      Sections 62A-4a-117 and 62A-4a-118 ;
             97          (j) provide social studies and reports for the juvenile court in accordance with Section
             98      78A-6-605 ;
             99          (k) within appropriations from the Legislature, provide or contract for a variety of
             100      domestic violence services and treatment methods;
             101          (l) ensure regular, periodic publication, including electronic publication, regarding the
             102      number of children in the custody of the division who:
             103          (i) have a permanency goal of adoption; or
             104          (ii) have a final plan of termination of parental rights, pursuant to Section 78A-6-314 ,
             105      and promote adoption of those children;
             106          (m) subject to Subsection (2)(b), refer an individual receiving services from the
             107      division to the local substance abuse authority or other private or public resource for a
             108      court-ordered drug screening test; and
             109          (n) perform other duties and functions required by law.
             110          (2) (a) In carrying out the requirements of Subsection (1)(f), the division shall:
             111          (i) cooperate with the juvenile courts, the Division of Juvenile Justice Services, and
             112      with all public and private licensed child welfare agencies and institutions, to develop and

             113      administer a broad range of services and support;
             114          (ii) take the initiative in all matters involving the protection of abused or neglected
             115      children, if adequate provisions have not been made or are not likely to be made; and
             116          (iii) make expenditures necessary for the care and protection of the children described
             117      in this Subsection (2)(a), within the division's budget.
             118          (b) When an individual is referred to a local substance abuse authority or other private
             119      or public resource for court-ordered drug screening under Subsection (1)(n), the court shall
             120      order the individual to pay all costs of the tests unless:
             121          (i) the cost of the drug screening is specifically funded or provided for by other federal
             122      or state programs;
             123          (ii) the individual is a participant in a drug court; or
             124          (iii) the court finds that the individual is impecunious.
             125          (3) Except to the extent provided by rule, the division is not responsible for
             126      investigating domestic violence in the presence of a child, as described in Section 76-5-109.1 .
             127          (4) The division may not require a parent who has a child in the custody of the division
             128      to pay for some or all of the cost of any drug testing the parent is required to undergo.
             129          Section 2. Section 76-10-1302 is amended to read:
             130           76-10-1302. Prostitution.
             131          (1) [A person] An individual is guilty of prostitution when the individual:
             132          (a) [he] engages in any sexual activity with another [person] individual for a fee;
             133          (b) is an inmate of a house of prostitution; or
             134          (c) loiters in or within view of any public place for the purpose of being hired to
             135      engage in sexual activity.
             136          (2) [Prostitution] (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b) or Section 76-10-1309 ,
             137      prostitution is a class B misdemeanor. [However, any person]
             138          (b) Except as provided in Section 76-10-1309 , an individual who is convicted a second
             139      time, and on all subsequent convictions, of a subsequent offense of prostitution under this
             140      section or under a local ordinance adopted in compliance with Section 76-10-1307 , is guilty of

             141      a class A misdemeanor[, except as provided in Section 76-10-1309 ].
             142          (3) (a) As used in this Subsection (3):
             143          (i) "Child" is as defined in Section 76-10-1301 .
             144          (ii) "Child engaged in prostitution" means a child who engages in conduct described in
             145      Subsection (1).
             146          (iii) "Child engaged in sexual solicitation" means a child who offers or agrees to
             147      commit or engage in any sexual activity with another person for a fee under Subsection
             148      76-10-1313 (1)(a) or (c).
             149          (iv) "Division" means the Division of Child and Family Services created in Section
             150      62A-4a-103 .
             151          (v) "Receiving center" is as defined in Section 62A-7-101 .
             152          (b) Upon encountering a child engaged in prostitution or sexual solicitation, a law
             153      enforcement officer shall:
             154          (i) conduct an investigation;
             155          (ii) refer the child to the division;
             156          (iii) if an arrest is made, bring the child to a receiving center, if available; and
             157          (iv) contact the child's parent or guardian, if practicable.
             158          (c) If a law enforcement officer refers a child to the division under Subsection
             159      (3)(b)(ii), the division shall:
             160          (i) check the division's records to verify whether law enforcement referred the child to
             161      the division under Subsection (3)(b)(ii) on a prior occasion; and
             162          (ii) provide the information described in Subsection (3)(c)(i) to the law enforcement
             163      officer.
             164          (d) If law enforcement has not referred the child to the division under Subsection
             165      (3)(b)(ii) on at least one prior occasion, the division shall provide services to the child under
             166      Title 62A, Chapter 4a, Child and Family Services.
             167          (e) If law enforcement has referred the child to the division under Subsection (3)(b)(ii)
             168      on at least one prior occasion the child may be subject to delinquency proceedings under Title

             169      62A, Chapter 7, Juvenile Justice Services, and Section 78A-6-601 through Section 78A-6-704 .
             170          Section 3. Section 77-38-15 is enacted to read:
             171          77-38-15. Civil action against human traffickers and human smugglers.
             172          (1) A victim of a person that commits the offense of human trafficking or human
             173      smuggling under Section 76-5-308 , or aggravated human trafficking or aggravated human
             174      smuggling under Section 76-5-310 , may bring a civil action against that person.
             175          (2) (a) The court may award actual damages, compensatory damages, punitive
             176      damages, injunctive relief, or any other appropriate relief.
             177          (b) The court may award treble damages on proof of actual damages if the court finds
             178      that the person's acts were willful and malicious.
             179          (3) In an action under this section, the court shall award a prevailing victim reasonable
             180      attorney fees and costs.
             181          (4) An action under this section shall be commenced no later than 10 years after the
             182      later of:
             183          (a) the day on which the victim was freed from the human trafficking or human
             184      smuggling situation;
             185          (b) the day on which the victim attains 18 years of age; or
             186          (c) if the victim was unable to bring an action due to a disability, the day on which the
             187      victim's disability ends.
             188          (5) The time period described in Subsection (4) is tolled during a period of time when
             189      the victim fails to bring an action due to the person:
             190          (a) inducing the victim to delay filing the action;
             191          (b) preventing the victim from filing the action; or
             192          (c) threatening and causing duress upon the victim in order to prevent the victim from
             193      filing the action.
             194          (6) The court shall offset damages awarded to the victim under this section by any
             195      restitution paid to the victim under Title 77, Chapter 38a, Crime Victims Restitution Act.
             196          (7) A victim may bring an action described in this section in any court of competent

             197      jurisdiction where:
             198          (a) a violation described in Subsection (1) occurred;
             199          (b) the victim resides; or
             200          (c) the person that commits the offense resides or has a place of business.
             201          (8) If the victim is deceased or otherwise unable to represent the victim's own interests
             202      in court, a legal guardian, family member, representative of the victim, or court appointee may
             203      bring an action under this section on behalf of the victim.
             204          (9) This section does not preclude any other remedy available to the victim under the
             205      laws of this state or under federal law.

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